What defines a “best” beach? Is it the golden sand, the nice and cozy water or the beautiful environment? Perhaps all three? Or is there greater to a dreamy vacation beach than just sand, water and lots of sunshine?
When you consider that I’ve been living in Sydney, I’ve come to be pretty picky in terms of beaches. You see, Sydney has lots of very nice beaches, most of them clean, and with various surf situations – a number of them suitable for small youngsters at the same time as others are amazing surfing beaches.
So, in case you occur to find yourself on Lombok Island, Indonesia one day, remember yourself blessed as you have come to a place with the most fantastic tropical beaches.
This famous beach might be the best of the best in all of Lombok. It’s far located to the south of the island, a crescent formed paradise beach with soft white sand and turquoise waters. You can lie right here on one of the lounge chairs which are for rent and revel in the idyllic scenery with the luxurious green mountains framing the picture, go for a swim in the calm water or even discover ways to surf on one of the boards that are for rent.
The beach is partly utilized by nearby fishermen, and you will find some of the traditional fishing boats in lovely pastel shades occupying a stretch of the beach. In case you befriend one of the locals they could take you out on a fishing ride for a small fee, or you may want to strike a conversation with one of the fishermen’s wives who prepare the daily catch right at the beach.
Can it get any more beautiful than this? Selong Belanak is honestly the best beach in Lombok.
Tanjung Aan is also placed on the south side of the island, another splendid white, 2km long beach in a crescent-shaped bay.
What makes it quite unique is that it is connected to a local legend – the tale of the lovely Princess Mandalika who jumped into the water here to break out the advances of a prince – that’s one way to say ‘no’ to a marriage proposal! Anyway, it is said that Madalika hair becomes sea worms, which apparently is even nowadays one of food supply for the people here. If you need to get into the spirit of this story, go to Tanjung Aan seashore in February when they held the annual Bau Nyale ritual. In addition, there’san excellent sunset viewpoint nearby.
If Lombok isn’t calm and peaceful enough for you, find your way out onto one of the small islands which are right next to Lombok, the Gili islands. The maximum romantic of the lot is said to be Gili Meno, a stunning piece of paradise that is best for honeymooners and couples searching out a calming holiday in the unspoiled environment.
The beaches on Gili Meno are maintained by means of the hotels which are positioned next to them, so the stretches between lodges may also look a bit rough and no longer pretty in any respect. However, the one’s areas which can be prepared for vacationers are just beautiful and honestly stunning. When you see “hotel” don’t get the incorrect photo – this small island is still very undeveloped and basic.
The water here is very clear, and snorkeling will soon become your most favorite past-time. along the so-called Gili Meno Wall, you have top probabilities of encountering a sea turtle or two. Snorkeling gadget can be rented locally. A huge bonus is that you won’t be disturbed via hawkers here, but you still can discover food and drinks at the warungs that line the beaches.
Every now and then things just feel right. When you enter Mawun beach you can’t help but feel at home, just by using the way it is set up. The two ends of the bay that shelter this beach are almost touching, and they’re covered in lush green forest.
This beach felt a piece steeper than for example Selong Belanak, and I take into account that there are extra waves here and stronger currents, although on the day that we visited the surface of the water was pretty much ripple free. Mawun seaside is consequently more suitable expert swimmers and surfers.
There are more than one warungs here in which you could stock up on food and drink. The hawkers may be a bit annoying, however, I have the feeling they may go away you as soon as you have got purchased one of these splendid sarongs (which make perfect beach towels), or in case you send friendly but clear messages for a couple of minutes.
Its closeness to Kuta is a blessing and a curse – on the only hand you best should drive for 20 minutes to get right here, however the same goes for quite a good deal everyone else, so that you may end up with noisy groups on this seaside which may be a bit of an annoyance and now not quite the dream vacation you wished for.
Indonesia has a number of so-called “pink beaches” which all seem to be the end result of a mixture of white sand and red coral that has broken down into tiny fragments and has washed up onto the seaside, developing this unexpected visible effect. Don’t think that what you see on Pinterest is the actual thing – pink seashores aren’t definitely THAT red. They have got a slight tint, and it surely relies upon on the time of day and whether or not or not the sand is wet.
So besides the reality that the beach is an unusual shade, it additionally boasts very clear water and is fantastic for snorkeling.
Getting to this beach can be a bit of an adventure as you may find that the ultimate stretch of street is not sealed. Plan for a 3-hour ride from Senggigi. On the upside which means that there are no people living right here which turn this little stretch of sand into your own little piece of paradise. Nevertheless, it’ll be possible to buy food and drink here, so you can plan a truly excellent long beach day here.